With its '80s and early '90s-inspired design and visual cues, the Les Paul Traditional line offers all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone and unparalleled playability that Gibson fans love, that s... Read More
With its '80s and early '90s-inspired design and visual cues, the Les Paul Traditional line offers all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone and unparalleled playability that Gibson fans love, that so many of today's players grew up lusting after. Now Gibson gives this popular guitar the all-mahogany purity of classics such as the Les Paul Custom and Special models of the 1950s, yet with traditional Les Paul Standard features, in the exciting Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin. The package includes two of Gibson's most popular alnico PAF-style pickups, a fast '60s-style neck with genuine rosewood fingerboard, and traditional '80s-era appointments and construction, in an all-mahogany Les Paul that looks superbly played-in in your choice of satin nitrocellulose lacquers.
The Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin is crafted with all the classic ingredients that helped to make this guitar a legend, but with the purity of an all-mahogany body (Grade-A woods used under all but the Satin Ebony finish). The mahogany back is weight relieved with nine strategically placed holes that also enhance the guitar's resonance, and capped with a carved two-piece mahogany top, just like the legendary Les Paul Custom introduced in 1954. The mahogany neck is made from quarter-sawn timber for superior strength and resonance, and topped with a Grade-A bi-layer rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and cream binding. Trapezoid inlays contribute to the traditional look, while the popular slim '60s profile—measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th—ensure unparalleled speed and playability, with a 12" fingerboard radius for choke-free bending. The preferred 17-degree headstock pitch improves string pressure in the slots of the PLEK-cut Corian nut for optimum resonance and sustain.
The Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin carries two of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups, a '57 Classic in the neck position for sweet, warm vocal tones, and a slightly hotter '57 Classic Plus in the bridge for gutsy crunch and soaring lead tones. These acclaimed pickups are made with genuine Alnico II magnets and wound with 42 AWG wire, just like the legendary PAFs of the late '50s and early '60s, and offer a blend of depth and clarity that few pickups can match today. They are installed with chromed covers, in keeping with the "traditional" styling. A tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece ensure a solid anchor and optimum sustain, while vintage-look TonePros™ tuners with pearloid buttons maintain the classic look. Further classic appointments include a mother-of-pearl Gibson headstock logo and silkscreened gold "Les Paul Model", cream binding and pickguard, and gold top-hat knobs with silver inserts. Order the Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin and grab a hunk of classic tone and style.
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I've had two other modern day LP's that were weight relieved and had '57 Classics, and neither sounded as good as this. Not sure if it's the Mahogany top. the satin finish, or if they changed the location of the weight relief, but this works. Even at a light 8 1/2 pounds, it works. The finish feels a little tacky when it's new, but after only a few days it feels and looks like an old friend. Playing through a modified HR deluxe for a great smokey blues sound with full bottom, and a Traynor Blue 50 watt for that obnoxious mid range electric crunch thing that we all need to do from time to time. This LP does both well, and looks the part.
This is my first Les Paul guitar in my almost 30 years of playing. The playability of the guitar is amazing. It is really ideal for shredding. I have been able to play advanced techniques that I never was able to perform on other guitars. The guitar is also built like a tank with a very good finish and quality. Got tons of harmonics and sustain too. The tone is fabulous and the guitar easily relents to abuse. On the down side- it's quite heavy and will take some time to get used to. Also wish it had some locking tuners- with relentless abuse the strings do need some TLC now and then. I would buy another one in a heart beat.
After researching, playing, testing...playing again, dabbling in other forms of sound: Gretsch, Fender, and other Gibson models, the Traditional Mahogany "Worn Brown" captured all senses and lured me into a life-long relationship with my first electric-love, forever. Sight - Beautiful, like gazing upon the forging of antiquity found in sanctimonious pews wrapped and stained with reverent prayers of devoted saints, christened to an ethereal cause. Sound - Astonishing! Crisp in the lead, and depth in the rhythm. Like singing in the hollow of an old tree, while thunderous lighting reverberates within the swallowing depth of cloud-soaked shade. Oh, and the cream-colored, cake-smelling case flavored with "worn-brown", well, what more to say but, what an amazing mixture of aesthetic, visceral, ultra-sensoral pleasure. Gorgeous! In other words, this instrument, in the tradition of all greatness, inspires art, in vastness. Thank you, Gibson, for seeking beauty in the simplicity. Others, you won't--cannot be disappointed.